Definition of direct speech noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

direct speech

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//dəˌrekt ˈspiːtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dəˌrekt ˈspiːtʃ//
 
[uncountable](grammar) Elements of a story
 
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a speaker’s actual words; the use of these in writing Only direct speech should go inside inverted commas. compare indirect speech, reported speech See related entries: Elements of a story
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: direct speech